Thursday, January 14, 2016

December Pictures

December! The best month of the year.
Below are a few random shots from our busy December. Of course the highlight of the month was celebrating Christ's birth and feeling close to family near and far.
 Bryn and one of her best friends Jane love to do crafts when they get together and this was their Christmas craft in December. They hand stitched these and decorated them all by themselves. It actually took longer and was a little more difficult than I thought! But they turned out really cute and the girls were so proud of their creations.
 Seeing Santa at the New Providence fire station
Tate wasn't happy about missing his nap for this, but the girls had fun :)
 As in past years, we did our 25 Christmas books during December. Each night we unwrapped a Christmas book from our collection and read it together as a family. This has become one of our favorite Christmas traditions. 
 Christmas gifts for Bryn and Mya's ballet/tap/art teachers. 
 I rarely have time to be "crafty" anymore, so let's make sure this is well documented!
 Little Christmas gifts for our Primary teachers at church
 Bryn added these ornaments to our tree and I loved seeing our little faces hanging on the tree. The best thing I ever did was get Bryn a big package of 4x6 photos and letting her use them for all the crafts she imagines. 
Tate vs. Our Christmas Tree
Tate definitely won the battle this December. 
 It's really cold in New Jersey now, but in December it was oddly warm. The week of Christmas even hit the 70's. Mya and Tate and I took advantage of the nice weather and did lots of walks around the neighborhood.
 Mya's little tap dance class at the Rec Center. 
 More exploring with Mya
 My dream house would have a big art room off the kitchen so that the kids (and myself!) can have space to create. The girls are supposed to keep their projects contained on their little blue drawing table, but usually our kitchen table ends up looking like this on any given afternoon.
 I loved this sweet note that Bryn wrote to a little girl we read about on the news who was badly burned in a fire. Bryn has such a tender heart.
 A typical scene: Mya in dress-ups, drawing at the table
 This is probably only funny to me, but I loved these little drawings that Mya did on some scrap pieces of paper she fished out of the recycling pile.
Fighting over Tate
It's a busy, messy, sometimes exhausting stage of life right now, but I am so grateful to be a mother and for these three cute, little faces.

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